Math for Visual Learners

 

Muggins math board games and manipulatives are not only educational but make learning FUN! Built the old fashioned way with wooden boards and marbles, the games are great for family game night as well as for the classroom and after-school programs. Check out their products.

 

 

Be aware of the popular app Sarahah

Sarahah a new popular social media app that allows users to receive anonymous feedback and it’s already being compared to Ask.fm and Formspring. The anonymous messaging app Sarahah has become an easy instrument of abuse. One reviewer on the App store calls it:”Accessory to Cyberbullying”.

Sarahah helps you in discovering your strengths and areas of improvement by receiving honest feedback from your employees and your friends in a private manner — this is how the developers describe Sarahah, the messaging app guaranteeing anonymity for commenters; its popularity has spread like wildfire.

“A concept that seems like a great platform for receiving and sharing all the mutual admiration — or constructive criticism — has turned into a nightmare for some, no thanks to the trolls who are unforgiving and relentless when it comes to slinging the worst kind of mud in the guise of ‘honest feedback’.”- says Aditya Dogra

 

One Teacher, One Child

 by Nadine Osborne

I see him.

I hear the other children shouting “Madame, Madame he is throwing the puzzle pieces”.

I know he is throwing the puzzle pieces.

He often throws the puzzle pieces.

 

I am working so hard to understand why.

 

Other teachers say “He wants attention.”

or  “He needs to try harder to develop self-control.”

They try to be helpful.  “Have you tried a sticker chart?”

 

No, I think to myself, I haven’t tried a sticker chart because this behaviour is…Continue Reading

Advanced Learning

What is GiftedandTalented.com? 

Guided by ongoing research at Stanford University, GiftedandTalented.com provides innovative personalized programs that help students become advanced learners in Mathematics and English. Students work independently or with the support of a Tutor.

Who Can Benefit?  

Kindergarten through 12th-grade students of all backgrounds can benefit from enrolling in our personalized courses. Whether supplementing school, preparing for tests or homeschooling, we accelerate learning.

 

Which course is right for your student?
Use our Course Wizard to find the right course for your student based on subject, grade level, and ability! 
                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Island of Fog (Book 1)

Twelve-year-old Hal and his friends live on a secluded island. When they discover that they’re slowly turning into monsters, and a woman arrives from the land beyond the fog, the children wonder if their parents can be trusted — or if their entire world is a lie…

 

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Grade: Middle Grade

Why Discipline Should Be Aligned With A School’s Learning Philosophy

“After school one day, a middle school girl got physically aggressive with one of her peers while still on school property. At some schools she would have been suspended or expelled for assaulting another student, but High Tech Middle Chula Vista is experimenting with restorative practices. So, instead of taking that typical disciplinary step, school leaders called the two students and their families in for a meeting, where they discussed what had led up to the point where she boiled over and lashed out.

“It was incredibly deep and emotional,” said Rhea Brown, a recent graduate of the High Tech High Graduate School of Education, who was working in the school at the time.”….Continue Reading by  Katrina Schwartz 

COPPA and Schools: The (Other) Federal Student Privacy Law, Explained

“When it comes to federal protections for students’ sensitive personal information, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, or FERPA, tends to get most of the attention.
But schools also need to be familiar with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, commonly known as COPPA.
In a nutshell, COPPA requires operators of commercial websites, online services, and mobile apps to notify parents and obtain their consent before collecting any personal information on children under the age of 13. The aim is to give parents more control over what information is collected from their children online.
This law directly regulates companies, not schools. But as the digital revolution has moved into the classroom, schools have increasingly been put in the middle of the relationship between vendors and parents.
The Federal Trade Commission, which enforces COPPA, has said that schools can, in many situations, stand in for parents and let companies collect information from young children. In some cases, companies may try to shift some of the burden of COPPA compliance away from themselves and onto schools. And it’s clear that the law places significant indirect burdens on schools and educators.”…Continue Reading

Get To Know Your Students

Parents can ask their child to write a back to school introduction letter to their teacher. Teachers can ask students to fill out these letters to get to know them in the early days of the school year.   Involving your child can help him build self-awareness, too. Tell him, “Your new teacher may not know the same things about you as last year’s teacher. Let’s write a letter to give her an idea of what you like to do, what you do well and where you may need some extra help.” (Filling out a self-awareness worksheet can get your child thinking about it.)

Grade Schoolers Letter

Middle Schoolers Letter